Amid the neoliberal transformation of Chicago--which extends capitalist market domination into every sphere, and substitutes competition and consumption for solidarity and social justice--the editors felt an urgent need to reclaim, rebuild, and redefine public space. The publication documents a period of cultural activism in Chicago stretching from 2000 to 2005, and covers various projects and organizations that responded to neoliberal restructuring. Topics include collective infrastructures, protest experiments, gentrification, public housing, and urban planning. (Adapted from introduction.)
Publication was developed during the editor's research visit to the Learning Site in Copenhagen, Denmark. United States contact for more information is AREA Chicago. (From back cover.)
Features on: Mass media's attacks on feminism; journalism ethics scandals; the Sony/Loews Cineplex Odeon lockout of union projectionists; an interview with professor of African-American Studies and Labor Party organizer Adolph Reed Jr.; new meat industry regulation expose by Gail Eisnitz; corporate sponsorship at the Museum of Science and Industry and its effects on exhibits on energy, AIDS, oil, food, and the environment. Published by students at the University of Chicago.
A Chicago zine which records and comments on local issues and events and their influence on local art and activism. "The projects presented here offer a glimpse into a moment in time when multiple groups, temporary collectives and organizations were actively contesting the givens of daily life in Chicago".